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After School Advantage


The NORTHSTAR After School Advantage Program is a national community investment program which provides non-profit community agencies and public schools with state-of-the-art computer labs. These computer centers are designed to provide inner-city children aged five to 15 with a meaningful, yet fun, learning experience during the critical after school hours in a safe environment. This initiative is meant to provide an otherwise unavailable educational experience and bridge the digital divide among at-risk children. By applying our knowledge and expertise to this type of program NORTHSTAR hopes to increase children's interest in careers in computers and provide them with the necessary tools to help them become more competitive in school and in today's job market.

Key Facts
Our corporate philanthropic guidelines put education, youth and technology first. The After School Advantage fits those ideals. Listed below are some key facts about the Program:
  • NORTHSTAR donates up to $15,000 in state-of-the-art computers, on-line technology, computer software and volunteer hours to each after-school program.
  • The Program targets minority and at-risk children aged five to 15.
  • NORTHSTAR employees will work with each agency to design and develop a fully operational computer center.
  • With one paid workday-per-year to volunteer at any organization, NORTHSTAR employees will be encouraged to remain active in their local After School Advantage Program after the centers are up and running.

To determine which agencies are selected for the After School Advantage Program, a thorough review of proposals submitted by community-based after-school programs is conducted.

After School Advantage Computer Center Guidelines
All selected After School Advantage organizations will be required to adhere to the guidelines listed below:
  • The After School Advantage Program Computer Center will be used primarily to provide children aged five to 15 with a meaningful and enjoyable learning experience during after school hours.
  • The After School Advantage Program Computer Center will be supported as any other valuable resource within the organization.
  • Efforts will be made to provide a well-organized computer-based educational environment in which children can learn computer skills and use these resources to complete educational projects.
  • The use of After School Advantage Program Computer Center will be supervised to ensure it is not used for illegal, dangerous or illicit activities.
  • The After School Advantage Program Computer Center should not be used primarily for the purpose of playing video games that have no educational merit.
Qualification Criteria
NORTHSTAR After School Advantage sites must meet the following criteria:
  • Must be a non-profit 501(C)(3) community agency or public school.
  • Must be located within a jurisdiction in which NORTHSTAR is the online lottery services vendor.
  • Must have an existing after-school program in need of a computer lab.
  • Must serve disadvantaged youth aged five to 15 of diverse backgrounds.
  • Must have staffing and monetary support systems in place to sustain the lab.
If your agency fits the criteria listed above, you may submit a proposal. Proposals may be submitted via the online After School Advantage application.
Hard copy proposals should be sent to:
After School Advantage Program
180 N LaSalle, Suite 1810
Chicago, IL 60601
Please be concise and use the After School Advantage Proposal Guidelines when constructing your hard copy proposal.
Proposals are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.